The landscape in Kansas where we end up chasing - near Hoys and Salina - is different from Texas. Not as flat. Although I like hilly landscapes, it makes chasing more difficult, and as we chase this HP supercell, I see a very defined funnel but due to the hhat's ills I cannot say if it was on the ground - it's impossible to spot a debris cloud if there is a hill in the way! We miss a tornado and arrive about five minutes late - a real shame, but that's the way it is! As we get away from this cell - which was fairly difficult due to lack of roads and the amount of chasers out there - I spot a funnel and a debris cloud. I quickly take a picture and show it to Roger, who then says that it's not a tornado. Gaiwan, who is sat behind me, has also managed to take a few pictures, and Roger changes his mind, saying that it is very likely to be a brief tornado. The day after he confirms this - his video camera also captured it.
The scariest moment of this day is when Roger has Ryan flip the van around instead of taking a right turn that is four miles down the road - rotation increases rapidly right above hour heads. By this time the cell is a mess and dumping a lot of rain - for all we know, there could be a massive rain-wrapped tornado in there; you just can't tell. Just for a second I spot a funnel developing - right over the top of our heads! Roger yells at Ryan to get us the hell out of there, that he's not kidding, and that we have to go 80 miles per hour NOW. You can feel the RFD winds wrapping around the van... Later that day, Ryan admits it was the closest call he's ever had in his seven years of chasing.
The day ends with an amazingly structured shelf cloud near Salina, KS, which is also where we spend the night.